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Blarina hylophaga (Soricomorpha: Soricidae)

Cody W. Thompson, Jerry R. Choate, Hugh H. Genoways, Elmer J. Finck
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1644/878.1 94-103 First published online: 26 May 2011


Blarina hylophaga (Elliot, 1899) is a soricid commonly called Elliot’s short-tailed shrew. A short-legged, robust shrew with a long, pointed snout and a short tail; it is 1 of 4 species in the genus Blarina. It occurs throughout most of the Great Plains of the United States, where it inhabits moist, well-drained grassland and riparian areas with deep leaf litter. It is listed as a species of greatest conservation need in Iowa and at possible risk in Texas, which might be due to the limited knowledge of the species throughout its geographic range.

Key words
  • Elliot’s short-tailed shrew
  • insectivore
  • North America
  • shrew
  • venomous mammal